New Elizabeth BOE position questioned

ELIZABETH, NJ — The recent decision of the Elizabeth Board of Education to contract with public relations consultant Pat Politano — at a capped salary of $50,000 annually — has some in an uproar. Politano, of Strategic Message Management, will now handle the school district’s public relations affairs and will be called in on an as-needed […]

Things get heated at Hillside Fire Department

Things get heated at Hillside Fire Department

HILLSIDE, NJ — They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. And when it comes to conditions at the Hillside Fire Department, the adage may be true. According to Jeff Albrecht, Hillside fire captain and president of the FMBA Local #35, the conditions at the department are dangerous and downright appalling. Diminished manpower, working […]

Elizabeth noncompliant in order by state

ELIZABETH, NJ — The state’s Division of Taxation has deemed Elizabeth and Jersey City in violation of their April order to submit plans for property revaluations. Both cities missed the May 4 deadline to submit plans in compliance with the order. The cities have until November, 2017 to conduct the assessments for the 2018 tax year. […]

Battle Hill school raises money for animal shelters

Battle Hill school raises money for animal shelters

UNION, NJ — Walk through the doors of Battle Hill Elementary School in Union, and you will see the “Wall of Paws,” a bulletin board overflowing with photos of dogs and cats, and even some birds and lizards. Second-grade students at the school expressed an interest in helping animals and raising money toward that cause, and […]

Education Foundation provides opportunities

UNION, NJ — The spring reception for the Township of Union Education Foundation honoring grant recipients for 2015-16 and 2016-17 was held yesterday at the Knight of Columbus. Grants awarded provide children from primary grades through high school with educational programming and materials for subjects including science, writing, computers and music. The foundation, whose mission is […]

Foundation for epilepsy is on a mission

UNION, NJ — Just about everyone in Union knew Mark BenHayon. Outgoing and affable, Mark didn’t let the challenges he faced on a daily basis get in the way of his great sense of humor and fun-loving disposition. Lifelong residents of Union, the BenHayon family wanted to keep Mark’s memory alive, and so just one month […]

Union’s Got Talent auditions begin

UNION, NJ — Auditions for the fourth annual fundraising event, “Union’s Got Talent,” was held this past weekend, as some of Union’s greatest talent came out to try for a chance to compete in UGT’s annual talent competition. The event, which will be held in September and is produced by the Union High School Performing Arts […]

Hillside prom dress giveaway a success

HILLSIDE, NJ — They wore dresses of ruby red, seafoam green, and muted silver. Almost a dozen senior girls from Hillside High School strutted their stuff on the runway in search of the perfect dress for their upcoming prom — and there were plenty to choose from. The Prom Gown Giveaway, spearheaded by longtime Hillside resident […]

Union’s Memorial Day parade paying tribute to fallen heroes

UNION, NJ — Union will celebrate Memorial Day with its annual parade on Monday, May 30, as a tribute to those who have died in service. The parade, which will kick off at the corner of Stuyvesant Avenue and Vauxhall Road, will feature floats, show cars, Clydesdale horses, military units and vehicles, a civil war cannon, […]

Blue Acres Buyout purchases first property in Rahway

RAHWAY, NJ — The city of Rahway is the latest community to join the growing list of flood-prone towns to seek and accept buyouts from the Department of Environmental Protection’s Superstorm Sandy Blue Acres Buyout Program. The state recently closed on the purchase of a home on New Church Street in Rahway, and continues working to […]

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